4 Day 4WD Red Centre Explorer

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4 Day 4WD Red Centre Explorer - AdventuresSpend four days exploring the highlights of the Red Centre - Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in a comfortable 16 seat 4WD vehicle. Explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta, visit Palm Valley and learn about Aboriginal culture. Get off the beaten track and travel along the less travelled Mereenie Loop road in the majestic Western MacDonnell ranges.

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

Welcome to the Outback! Our first stop is an Outback Camel Farm where you can see the world from the top of a camel if you choose to take a ride (own expense). Next we travel to the Ayers Rock Resort for your first glimpse of Uluru, located in the heart of the Red Centre. After lunch, we explore fascinating Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds. We make it back in time for an enthralling desert sunset at Uluru. After dinner, curl up in your permanent tent or try sleeping in a swag (Aussie bedroll) and watch the stars come out to play. (LD)

Day 2 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

It's an early start to catch the sunrise over Uluru, but it's worth definitely worth the effort. While the morning's fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter)**. It's a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 – Kings Canyon to Glen Helen

There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we travel along the well-known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way). We camp overnight in Glen Helen located in the Western MacDonnell National Park. Here we can enjoy the stunning surrounds by taking a dip in the permanent nearby waterhole or a relaxing beer at the outback bar overlooking the Finke River. (BLD)

Day 4 – Western MacDonnell National Park to Alice Springs

During a morning hike you will discover the geological features of Ormiston Gorge and spot for wallabies and other wildlife. We then visit Hermannsburg - a mission and Aboriginal community famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Here we learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira. It's then time for some adventure as we hit the 4WD tracks of the Finke River to access the remarkable scenery of Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. While the going is slow, this is 4-wheel driving at its best (and bumpiest). Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the West MacDonnell Range as we make our way back to Alice Springs. (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Tour Highlights

Glen Helen
Gosse Bluff
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Kings Canyon
Mereenie Loop Track
Ormistorn Gorge
Palm Valley
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Uluru Cultural Experience
Western MacDonnell Ranges

What's Included on Tour

Experienced tour guide
National Park entry
Meals as indicated
Accommodation transfers
Permanent campsites including twin share tents, camping fees and equipment
Aboriginal cultural interpretive walk*

2015/2016 ITINERARY

Day 1 – Alice Springs to Kata Tjuta and Uluru

Welcome to the Outback! Our first stop is an Outback Camel Farm where you can see the world from the top of a camel if you choose to take a ride (own expense). Next we travel to the Ayers Rock Resort for your first glimpse of Uluru, located in the heart of the Red Centre. After lunch, we explore fascinating Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) on a guided walk through the Valley of the Winds. We make it back in time for an enthralling desert sunset at Uluru. After dinner, curl up in your permanent tent or try sleeping in a swag (Aussie bedroll) and watch the stars come out to play. (LD)

Day 2 – Uluru to Kings Canyon

It's an early start to catch the sunrise over Uluru, but it's worth definitely worth the effort. While the morning's fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. Deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people as you take a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter)^. It's a unique opportunity to share experiences, connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)

Day 3 – Kings Canyon and the Giles Track

There's a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we head back to Alice Springs via the Giles track where we settle in for the evening at our campsite. You may like to enjoy dinner in Alice Springs with your group tonight (own expense). (BL)

Day 4 – Alice Springs to Western MacDonnell National Park

The Red Centre's best kept secret, the Western MacDonnell Ranges will leave you awed at unsuspecting beauty that this part of the country holds. Start the morning fresh with a morning walk through the rainbow coloured walls of Ormiston Gorge and be awed by the contrasting colours the morning light casts on the cliff faces. Discover the breathtaking geological features of this hidden treasure, keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Embrace the panoramic views of Ellery Creek and perhaps take a dip in the still waters of this magnificent hidden gem.

Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, a prominent place in Aboriginal communities around the area where dreamtime stories cross paths. To finish off your outback experience, what better cherry on top than enjoying the breathtaking colours of the Western Macdonnell Ranges transform under the setting sun on an optional hour-long sunset camel ride (own expense). (L)

Departs

Ayers Rock, Northern Territory | More Ayers Rock Tours

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2013 - 2014 season. The 2014 - 2015 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015. The 2015 - 2016 season rates commence on the 1st April 2015.




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